• Lonoke Business Academy

    The Lonoke School District is asking for approval of a 1.9 mill increase on March 3, 2020.  The millage increase would support a 30,000 sq foot Business Academy.  The Business Academy would house new offerings for students that link them directly to jobs in our local economy.  The goal of the project is to better equip students with skills needed for career success whether that is careers on a college pathway, post-secondary training schools, or careers leading straight into the workforce. Through the Business Academy students will have opportunities to gain skills including but not limited to the following areas:

    • Repairing and maintaining heavy equipment
    • Handheld diagnostic equipment usage
    • Diesel electronic reader interpretation
    • Dial gauge understanding
    • Engine diagnosis
    • Fuel injection systems
    • On-board computers
    • Batteries
    • Electrical networks
    • Ignition system
    • On job training through internship opportunities
    • Agribusiness
    • Agricultural literacy
    • Applied agricultural instruction
    • Ecosystems in water habitats
    • Water chemistry
    • Life cycles/biology
    • Marketing to other states
    • Machining
    • Pneumatics
    • Hydraulics
    • Electricity
    • Drafting
    • Quality control
    • Hand tools
    • Mechanical power
    • Welding
    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Medical Assistants (MA)
    • Authentic health care rotations and connections

    Business Academy Floor Plan

    The Business Academy will also be connected to a 12,000 sq foot school-based medical clinic.  The clinic will continue to be supported through a partnership with the Baptist/UAMS Family Medicine Residency Program. The clinic will be staffed with at least one doctor, residents, and will be open to the students, staff, families, and public.  The clinic will also support the Health Professions program of study by providing real-world applications for students who are pursuing careers in healthcare.  

    What happens if the millage doesn’t pass? Lonoke Schools will lose programs currently offered under a partnership with ASU Beebe.  These programs would be discontinued due to lack of adequate space for the programs and lack of enrollment from neighboring school districts, which is required for sustaining partnership with ASU-Beebe.